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The jazz tradition turned East, and experiments in Asian and African folk idioms, with squeaking balloons, bells, gongs, Seven Up bottles, rabat and argol… amazing for 1957, fantastic anytime.

Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe), Barry Harris (piano), Herman Wright (bass), Elvin Jones (drums).

His early-fifties Prestige debut, with Zoot Sims, half the MJQ, Benny Green, Roy Haynes and — their first time together — Sonny Rollins, amongst others.

The twenty-eight-year-old with Horace Silver, Lucky Thompson and JJ — and you remember Dave Schildkraut — not really walkin’ at all.

The two mid-sixties albums Now! Hear! and ‘Round Midnight — with Kenny Burrell, Jo Jones, Jerome Richardson and the boys — and everything you need.

Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Victor Gaskin (bass), Percy Brice (drums).

The brilliant first sessions on Prestige, with Monk astounding in the company of the best bebop drummers.

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